Water could be seen running over the banks of Michigan’s Sanford Dam before it collapsed on Tuesday (May 19), flooding parts of the town of Sanford, in a video posted on social media.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared an emergency for Midland county after two dams, Edenville and Sanford, collapsed due to heavy rain in the past few days forcing nearby residents to evacuate.
Two rivers in Michigan, the Tittabawassee River in Midland and the Rifle River near Sterling, were in major flooding stage, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
The NWS also said it issued a flash flood emergency in locations downstream of the failed dams. (Reuters)
BRAZIL – Residents in the town of Brumadinho, Brazil were in mourning on Thursday (January 31), rocked by tragedy after a local dam burst, sending out a torrent of sludge that has left nearly 100 dead and hundreds still missing.
The town came together to mourn and remember the victims — who are family, friends, and neighbours — for mass at a local church.
The collapse of the dam in the hilly, pastoral region has killed at least 99 people, according to officials, with another 250 missing and likely dead.
The search and recovery efforts have taken their toll on weary firefighters, helicopter pilots and volunteers.
Local gravediggers have been working long days digging the town’s new graves with picks and shovels.
Yet residents in the devastated town of Brumadinho have been unmoved, in shock and anger as one dead body after another has been pulled from the mud. — REUTERS
Villagers evacuate following dam collapse in Laos, July 24, 2018 (Image courtesy of ABC News via Reuters)
A hydropower dam still-under-construction collapsed on Monday in the Sanamxay District of Laos‘ southeastern Attapeu Province, the provincial administration office announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed at 20:00 local time on Monday, releasing five billion cubic meters of water that swept away a number of houses, claimed a number of human lives and left hundreds of others missing, said the statement.
The Attapeu Provincial Administration Office has called for relief aid for flood victims. Authorities of Attapeu Province also called on Party, government organizations, business communities, officials, police and military forces and the Lao people to provide emergency aid to the victims.
The builder of the dam is Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Power Company (PNPC), a joint venture of the Republic of Korea, Thai and Lao companies. It is estimated to cost 1.02 billion U.S. dollars and generate 1,860 GWh of electricity a year.
Project feasibility study was completed in November 2008. Work began in February 2013. The project was expected to go into commercial operation in 2018. — Reuters
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